Obituaries

Royce Hutchings
B: 1932-01-25
D: 2019-03-17
View Details
Hutchings, Royce
Ronald Monahan
B: 1958-09-26
D: 2019-03-14
View Details
Monahan, Ronald
Geraldine Dunn
B: 1940-11-20
D: 2019-03-13
View Details
Dunn, Geraldine
Ronald Hampton
B: 1961-04-27
D: 2019-03-12
View Details
Hampton, Ronald
Walter Jones
B: 1945-10-12
D: 2019-03-11
View Details
Jones, Walter
Bobby Hensley Jr.
B: 1977-08-09
D: 2019-03-11
View Details
Hensley Jr., Bobby
Gary Seibers
B: 1951-11-05
D: 2019-03-10
View Details
Seibers, Gary
Janice Hutson
B: 1944-02-27
D: 2019-03-10
View Details
Hutson, Janice
Charlene Brown
B: 1943-05-04
D: 2019-03-06
View Details
Brown, Charlene
Mary Jones
B: 1953-07-20
D: 2019-03-05
View Details
Jones, Mary
Harold Scott
B: 1956-03-21
D: 2019-03-04
View Details
Scott, Harold
Sterling Rose
B: 1931-08-06
D: 2019-03-04
View Details
Rose, Sterling
Linda Steward
B: 1943-11-10
D: 2019-02-28
View Details
Steward, Linda
Concetta Siegel
B: 1926-06-22
D: 2019-02-27
View Details
Siegel, Concetta
Janette Lee
B: 1960-09-05
D: 2019-02-25
View Details
Lee, Janette
Robert Nokes
B: 1938-12-22
D: 2019-02-14
View Details
Nokes, Robert
George Savage
B: 1930-10-24
D: 2019-02-13
View Details
Savage, George
Linda Sanden
B: 1950-01-03
D: 2019-02-10
View Details
Sanden, Linda
Nina Erney
B: 1939-10-11
D: 2019-02-06
View Details
Erney, Nina
Donna Farmer
B: 1939-06-23
D: 2019-02-05
View Details
Farmer, Donna
John Zook
B: 1935-02-03
D: 2019-02-04
View Details
Zook, John

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
1786 Smithville Hwy
Sparta, TN 38583
Phone: (931) 738-8549
Fax: (931) 738-8553

Social Expectations: a Primer on Funeral Etiquette

Most of us are uncertain about what to do at a funeral. We see it all the time. In fact, I think Funeral Directors are the only people who are truly comfortable in this social setting. After all, we’ve had a lot of practice.

We’ve put together this section on funeral etiquette to share everything you need to know to help you do the right thing before, during and after the service.


What to Do


Offer Words of Condolence

Offering comforting words to the family is usually the easiest thing you can do. It's also something the family will appreciate and remember. If you're attending the service, offer your condolences in person or share a story or special memory about the deceased. If you can't be there, send a card or share your message using the Book of Memories online memorial tribute page.

Sign the Register

When you sign the register at the funeral home, be sure to list your name and your relationship to the deceased. The register is something the family will have forever, and they will appreciate knowing who you are and how you knew their loved one in years to come.

Send a Gift to the Family

Appropriate gifts include flowers, a donation to a charity (oftentimes the family will have a preferred charity), food or a service. You can send your gift to the family's home or the funeral home. Please ensure you include a signed card with your gift so the family knows who sent it. However, please take a few minutes to recognize that certain faiths have proscriptions about what should be sent to the bereaved. If you’re unclear, check with a close family relative or friend.

Stay in Touch with the Family

Depending on your relationship with the family, you may choose to stay in touch in person, by telephone or online. The grieving process can be long and difficult, so don’t just walk out of their lives after the funeral service. You will serve the family well by letting them know you're there for them during the days, weeks, and months follow the death of their loved one.
 

What to Wear

Historically, people wore black or only somber colors to a funeral. Today it's acceptable to dress in a wider range of colors and clothing styles. In fact, we’ve seen services where the family asked everyone to dress in pink, or in colorful Hawaiian shirts and shorts. But, these unique events aside, a good rule of thumb is to dress as you would at church or a job interview.

Have other questions about funeral etiquette? Contact us. We’ve got the answers you’re looking for – after all, we’ve been to hundreds of funerals. So call – we’d love to help you get through what can (but doesn’t have to) be a challenging social situation.